Conclusions and Recommendations of VII Annual Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence


We, the participants in the Seventh Cross-Regional Meeting for advancing the protection of children from violence, “Placing Children at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Agenda: Accelerating Progress in Children’s Protection from Violence”, promoted by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC) and hosted with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)1 during its 50th anniversary under the chairmanship of the Philippines; coming from the Council of Europe Secretariat; the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat; the Inter-American Children’s Institute of the Organization of American States (IIN-OAS); the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC); SACG (South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence against Children); the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the African Child Policy Forum and the Global Movement for Children of Latin America and the Caribbean (MMI-LAC);

Welcoming the organization alongside the Cross-Regional meeting of an ASEAN Children’s Forum which addressed areas of particular concern, including the protection of children from bullying and online abuse, and the empowerment and participation of children to prevent and address incidents of violence;

Recognizing the critical role played by intergovernmental Regional Organizations and Institutions as catalysts of change in the promotion of enhanced accountability for children’s rights, including their right to freedom from violence, and acknowledging the value of pursuing cooperation with civil society and child-led organizations...